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April 8, 2013

شكراً قطر. على طريقة باسم يوسف

لا يتعب من إدهاشنا. مساء الجمعة الماضي، كنّا على موعد مع حلقة مضحكة مبكية. أخرج الإعلامي الساخر عصاه، وانهال بنقده على الإخوان، مظهراً كيف باتت «أم الدنيا» تابعةً للإمارة الصغيرة والـ«قطري اللي بيصرف ويتفشخر»
أحمد محسن
كعادتهم، كان الجميع يبحثون عن الفرح، لكن ما رأيناه هو الألم. كان ألماً صلفاً يوظفه المايسترو المصري في خدمة الفرح الذي ما زال متاحاً. عادةً، تحدث الأمور بالمقلوب، فيقود الضحك إلى الحقيقة المؤلمة، لا العكس. هذه وظيفة الكوميديا لا وفقاً لدانتي وحسب، بل لمن يتسع قلبه للنقيضين العظيمين: الفرح والألم. في الواقع ليس هناك من فرح مجاني، لكنّ الألم مجاني دائماً، حتى فعل باسم يوسف فعلته أول من أمس. نجح في قلب الطاولة على الجميع. كالساحر، أربك معظم المشاهدين الذين بلا شك عرفوا شعوراً هجيناً، لم يجدوا طريقة لتفسيره إلا إعادة الاستماع إلى أغنية «قطري حبيبي» التي قلّد فيها الكورال أوبريت «وطني حبيبي» الشهيرة. غالب الظنّ أنّ معظمهم عجز عن أن يأخذ موقفاً يلزم الضحك، أو ربما البكاء. لمَ لا والأغنية تجرأت وقالت ما يشعر به المصريّون ويخشون إعلانه: القطريّون يشترون البلاد. ليس هناك ما يؤلم المصريين أكثر من كلمة تخدش هالة بلادهم.
للوهلة الأولى، يبدو عنوان الأوبريت ساخراً، لكن سرعان ما يضع يوسف الألم على طاولة الجمهور دفعة واحدة. منذ بداية الأغنية، كان واضحاً أنها ليست للضحك فقط: «أديه آخرتها بنشحت برا، بعد ما فلسنا في الثورة». هذا قاس جداً على المصريين ولكن كان على أحد ما أن يواجهه. وكان هذا مجدداً باسم يوسف الذي عكس وجهه تعابير ملتبسة، تشبه شعباً أنهتكه الثورة من دون أن يفقد إيمانه بالفرح. صحيح أنّه تصرف على سجيته، فابتسم وهو يلوح بعصا المايسترو، لكنه كان حاسماً في أكثر من مرة عندما طفح حزن غير مفتعل اطلاقاً على وجهه. كذلك، أدى وائل منصور مقطعه الغنائي بمنتهى الشجاعة، وكانت جملته نقطة التحول الأولى في الأغنية التي لن تكون هزلية من الآن فصاعداً. في الأصل، لا يحتاج باسم يوسف (حتى الآن) إلى شهادة من أحد حول قدرته على صناعة الكوميديا. لم تهطل الأغنية بالباراشوت. كانت امتداداً لمسلسل طويل من الغضب المصري على قطر. حلقة «البرنامج» (سي. بي. سي) مساء الجمعة الماضي خُصِّصت بأسرها لنقد الدور القطري في مصر، بدءاً بالوديعة القطريّة الوهميّة في المصرف المركزي المصري، وانتهاء بعدم استقبال الأمير القطري للرئيس المصري محمد مرسي، في مطار الدوحة.
قيل ما قيل عن استخفاف القطريين بمرسي وتبعية جماعة الإخوان المسلمين للإمارة الصغيرة.
 
تمنى الجميع عودة جمال عبد الناصر لعشر دقائق كي يخبر مرسي معنى الكرامة على القياس المصري. هذا الذي لا يقبل المصريّون السجال فيه. تحسروا على نزوله (مرسي) من الطائرة من دون أن يجد من يسلّم عليه. سخر «البرنامج» من تصرفات رئيس الإخوان الهزليّة كالمعتاد، واصفاً إياه بالجندي المجهول الذي من دونه لن يجد «البرنامج» ما يقدمه للناس، وتالياً، لن يجد ما يضحكهم أكثر من الرئيس نفسه. ولم يوفر قطر نفسها التي «تشتري كل شيء». لكن الأغنية جاءت في وقت حاسم لإعلان الرفض… للقول بوضوح: مصر ليست للبيع. ما رأيناه هو الصوت المصري على حقيقته: رقيقاً وثوريّاً كما تعنيه الكلمة. مؤدٍ ومؤديتان يشهرون أصواتهم ضدّ السكوت. مؤديّة رقيقة هي داليا الجندي تنتفض تعابير وجهها حين تحضر إلى فمها اللازمة الآتية: «يللي قنالك ملكك، وانت بصَكّ ايجار حتهينها». كأنّها تمرنت على هذا الشعور طويلاً. غالب الظن أنه شعور مصري خالص لا يستأذن الظهور. كيف لا يكون كذلك، وهي تحرك إصبعيها بلطافة تضمر حزناً عميقاً، حين لا تستبعد أن يبيع الإخوان الهرم.
إن اختيار هذا الأوبريت بالذات ليس عبثيّاً. ليس مجرد نزوة كوميدية بلا حسابات. لقد ألهم أوبريت «وطني حبيبي» أو «الوطن الأكبر» (ألفه أحمد شفيق كامل، ولحنه محمد عبد الوهاب، وقدّمته مجموعة من الفنانين عام 1960 من بينهم عبد الحليم، وصباح، وشادية، فايدة كامل، وردة الجزائرية، نجاة الصغيرة) الجزائريين، وردّده اللبنانيّون طويلاً في معرض دعمهم للثورة الفلسطينيّة. كانت معزوفة المعلم محمد عبد الوهاب على مقاس المرحلة التي صعدت فيها الناصرية ببطء فوق جثة الاستعمار.
 
وهذا الدور الذي لا يبدو المصريون في وارد الاستغناء عنه حتى لو قررت جماعة الإخوان ذلك. على سيرة هذه الجماعة، ختمت سارة المنذر أوبريت «قطري حبيبي» بالقول: «حلوة يا نهضة يا طاحنة شعوبنا، حلوة يا أحلى خازوق في حياتنا».
أوبريت «قطري حبيبي» الذي لقي استحسان المصريين والعرب على صفحات مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي، واعترض عليه ملحّنون قلة، فطالبوا بتدخل الجيش المصري لوقف تداوله (!)، يعني أنّ المصريين ــ وإن فقدوا دورهم الريادي عربيّاً ــ لن يصبحوا تابعين. أوضح باسم يوسف في نهاية الحلقة أنّ لا مشكلة مع الشعب القطري، بل المشكلة «مع لي بيبيع». وإن كان البعض «حساساً» وافترض وصف قطر بالـ«الأخ الأصغر» بمثابة استصغار لها، فلا بأس في ذلك. ليس لأنّ القطريين أقل من المصريين، بل لأنّ مصر أم الدنيا، وهذا المجاز الجميل ما زال يميّز بلاد عبد الوهاب. أحفاد الموسيقار لن يقبلوا أن تسرق ثورتهم بهذه الخساسة. معنى الأوبريت يبدأ من اسمه، ولا ينتهي مع نهايته. المعركة طويلة مع الإخوان الذين يخافون ضحكات الآخرين.
«البرنامج» كل جمعة 22:30 على «سي. بي. سي»
 

محسن جابر رقيباً لحساب مَن؟

القاهرة ــ محمد عبد الرحمن
دخلت الحلقة 20 من «البرنامج» تاريخ البرامج التلفزيونية، مرّة لكونها الحلقة الأولى التي يطلّ عبرها باسم يوسف بعد التحقيق معه في مكتب النائب العام (الاخبار 2/4/2013)، وطوراً بسبب أوبريت «قطري حبيبي» الذي أثار جدلاً كبيراً. لم يفعلها يوسف مع جماعة الإخوان ولا مع محمد مرسي فقط، بل مع دولة قطر التي تنظر إليها غالبية المصريين نظرة تشكّك بسبب طبيعة العلاقة بين الدوحة والقاهرة.
بدأ يوسف الحلقة بداية مبتكرة كعادته، إذ حاكى المشهد الذي تابعه المصريون أمام دار القضاء العالي، وارتدى الملابس نفسها واستعان بزملائه الذين ذهبوا معه إلى النائب العام ودخل مسرح «راديو» حيث يصوّر برنامجه كأنه قادم من التحقيقات. وفي الفقرة الثالثة والأخيرة من البرنامج، اختار إلقاء الضوء على عدد من المعتقلين غير المعروفين للرأي العام. في الفقرة الأولى من «البرنامج»، واصل يوسف نقد مرسي والنائب العام. لكن الفقرة الثانية من البرنامج التي خصّصها لعلاقة النظام الإخواني الحاكم بقطر، حملت الكثير من مشاعر الشجن والحزن على ما آلت إليه مصر بعد عامين من ثورة طالبت بالحرية والعدالة. أكّد باسم أنّه لا يجب لعلاقة الشعبين المصري والقطري أن تتأثر بالرفض المصري لفتح الأبواب للنظام القطري لشراء وتأجير ما يريد من ممتلكات المصريين. وإعتبر أنّ الأزمة لا تكمن في الشاري بل في «البائع». ثم عرض أوبريت «قطري حبيبي» الذي شارك فيه المغنيّان وائل منصور، وداليا الجندي وسارة المنذر الذي حقّق أكثر من 350 ألف زيارة عبر يوتيوب. لكنّ شركة «ديجتال ساوند» التابعة لشركة «عالم الفن» (محسن جابر) تدخّلت وطالبت بحجب الفيديو عن يوتيوب كونها تملك اللحن الأصلي لأوبريت «وطني حبيبي»، فاضطرت قناة «سي. بي. سي» إلى حذفه خوفاً من الملاحقة القانونية. في حين علمت «الاخبار» من مصدر: «أن «عالم الفن» لديها نية في تحريك دعوى ضد «البرنامج» بسبب حقوق الملكية الفكرية.
ورأى كثيرون أنّ الأوبريت وسيلة فاعلة لتنبيه المصريين من الأخطار التي تحيط بدولتهم، لكنّ مناصري مرسي قدّموا مبررات للهجوم على الأوبريت و«المايسترو». إذ اتّهموا يوسف بتشويه الأوبريت الأصلي، ملتفّين بذلك على التشويه الذي أحدثوه بمصر كلّها في الأشهر الأخيرة. علماً أنّ اتهاماتهم ليست سوى محاولة لتكريس فكر غيبي يسعى الى تحويل رائعة عبد الوهاب الى نصّ مقدس على طريقة كل المحظورات الأخرى التي يفرضها الإخوان على المجتمع في حين أنّ استيحاء عمل كلاسيكي وتحويله بطريقة ساخرة أو غير ساخرة عبر كلمات وسياق مختلفين يعتبر تقليداً عالمياً متفقاً عليه. وبالتالي يعد حذف الأوبريت شكلاً سافراً من أشكال الرقابة وحماية المصالح القطرية.

 

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‘Day of Rage’: Tear gas in Cairo as thousands rally to mark April 6 group anniversary

April 7, 2013

Published time: April 06, 2013 18:48
Edited time: April 07, 2013 03:26                                                  

Thousands of protesters have joined the Cairo rally marking the birth of the 6 April movement, whilst also expressing their“dissent” against Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi’s latest moves.

The annual march which began in a jubilant mood, in Giza’s Mohandeseen neighborhood, south of the capital, grew tense after reaching the prosecutor-general’s office in downtown Cairo.

According to Ahram Online, a number of protesters started banging on the doors of the High Court, where the prosecutor-general’s office is located, whilst some hurled fireworks at the building’s windows. The High Court security retaliated by firing “huge volleys of teargas” from inside the building.

Police arriving at the scene also employed teargas, as well as armored vehicles, to separate the crowds of protesters from the High Court building and block the nearest street intersection.

Egyptian supporters of the April 6 movement light flares while shouting slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)


Following clashes, the April 6 Youth Movement was quick to issue a statement condemning the security forces for firing teargas.

“The regime’s ministry of interior responded to chants with teargas and birdshot,” said the statement published on the movement’s official Facebook page, also accusing the ministry of“prostituting for every regime.”
According to journalist Tom Dale, clashes have also erupted in the town of Mahalla – the birthplace of the April 6 movement, where on that day in 2008, a workers’ protest about food prices and low wages was met with aggression from police, turning it into the largest anti-regime protest in the 30 years Hosni Mubarak was in power.
Initially, the leader of the movement, Ahmed Maher, had supported the overthrow of Mubarak’s military rule and tried to help current regime’s cause in any way, but after seeing that the 2011 uprising failed to bring about the change the movement was looking for, switched sides.
“We supported President Morsi when he ran for presidency. Now, after he issued his constitutional declaration, rammed through a new constitution and failed to meet the goals of the revolution we have joined the ranks of the opposition,” Maher told Ahram.
Dale, who is currently at the scene in Cairo, has been relaying the latest to RT:
“Once again, an unarmed peaceful demonstration is being fired upon. Once again there are complaints that the Interior Ministry and the security services are brutal and unreformed. And, once again, the food prices are rising while the wages remain stagnant. And in that context, this is just the latest sign of the growing polarization between Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist-led government and the opposition on the streets.”

An Egyptian supporter of the April 6 movement is carried by protesters as he shouts slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)

An Egyptian supporter of the April 6 movement is carried by protesters as he shouts slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

An anti-Mursi protester stands with the national flag and shouts slogan near a fire by protesters and tear gas released by riot police during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

An anti-Mursi protester stands with the national flag and shouts slogan near a fire by protesters and tear gas released by riot police during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Riot police fire rubber bullets at protesters against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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Syrian news – Ahmed Spider and Ahmad Haj Ali – dialogue on Syria Brotherhoods Spring

April 4, 2013

الاخبارية السورية – حوار احمد سبايدر واحمد الحاج علي



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The Muslim Brotherhood Has Killed the Egyptian Revolution

March 26, 2013

A member of the Black Bloc Egypt group walks past a burning vehicle during a protest against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, March 3, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

By: Talal Salman Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
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It is no longer enough to say that the Muslim Brotherhood’s experience in power has failed. The troubling question now is: How, when and who can take Egypt out of this dire impasse that is threatening the state and the people’s unity and is making the era of tyranny look attractive in comparison?

This impasse is threatening the hope created by the great revolution launched by the Egyptian people on Jan. 25, 2011. It is threatening the historic achievements of the youth in the street. Those youth believed in their country. They rebelled to bring down a regime that acted meekly toward the enemy, Israel, and mercilessly toward the Egyptians. It starved them and forced them to emigrate. They left to sell their skills to whatever country allowed them to earn a living.

Egypt is drowning in anxiety and the once hopeful revolution is under threat. There is anger and resentment toward the Muslim Brotherhood government, which rose to power because the revolutionaries lacked a unified leadership. Other Arab peoples saw in the Egyptian revolution a means to return to history, after their corrupt regimes had removed their countries from history, and almost took them off the map.

In the Arab world, it has become common to hear words and expressions such as “civil war,” “major conflagration,” “sectarian strife,” “the government is teetering,” “losing control” and “using the army to preserve security.” This bitter reality is worrying the Egyptians and it is frustrating the hopes of all Arab countries because Egypt is supposed to be a beacon for the Arab world.

Arabs are frustrated to see the purity of the slogans that were raised and the distinctive courage that was exhibited by the youth in the streets go to waste. The Egyptian youth had realized that the long-awaited historic moment had finally arrived. They realized that the historic moment of seeing Cairo become the capital of the Arab world of the future, the locomotive of progress and the leader of change for the better for all Arabs had arrived.

It is no longer enough to say that the Muslim Brotherhood’s experience in power has failed. This will not solve the suffocating crisis that is currently crippling Egypt’s potential and sowing discord among a people who have remained united throughout their history and asserted that unity in the streets.
The troubling question now is: How, when and who can take Egypt out of this fateful impasse that is threatening the state and the people’s unity and is making the era of tyranny look good in comparison? The impasse is threatening Egypt’s leading role in the region, the Muslim world, and the non-aligned movement.

It is interesting that the world, the Arabs and the Egyptians are worried about Egypt’s present and future more than the Egyptian government itself. That Muslim Brotherhood government is dealing with problems in a way that may permanently damage Egypt’s institutions.

There is an obvious difference between how the Muslim Brotherhood rules Tunisia and how it rules Egypt. The Brotherhood in Tunisia have been smarter and wiser (at least up until now) than their comrades in Egypt. They tried to absorb the wave of anger against their domination.

When Chokri Belaid was assassinated, they rushed to modify the government. That may not have remedied their penchant for domination but they did give the people some room to breathe and to temporarily accept the continuation of their coalition government headed by the Brotherhood, which has failed to resolve Tunisia’s economic and social problems. Those problems will not be solved by pledges from Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi, who was outdone by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s courageous decision to resign.

We can easily conclude that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is repeating the mistakes committed by the nationalist political parties that ruled the Arab Levant: the Baath Party, the Arab nationalist movement and the leftists in general (so as not to forget the experience of South Yemen). They tried to monopolize power by questioning others’ patriotism, competence, and ability to serve their country.

The Brotherhood, which has just recently risen to power, does not seem to realize that the people have already experienced living under parties that seize power then claim a monopoly on patriotism, nationalism, progressivism and even religion in a few cases. Let us not forget Saddam Hussein, who added the phrase “God is great” in his own handwriting to the Iraqi flag at the start of his war against Iran.

Those parties acted as if they were the supreme authority in education, medicine, economics, urban planning, foreign affairs, inter-Arab relations, alliances, quarrels, popular customs, hospitality, literature, poetry, and even in writing novels (Saddam Hussein wrote a novel that he required to be taught in schools as did Gaddafi).

Perhaps the Brotherhood is thirsty for the power of which it has been deprived. The Brotherhood claims to be the most worthy of power because they are the cleanest, the purest and most religious.
Perhaps the Brotherhood felt that time was not on their side. Perhaps they thought that now was their chance to grab power or to lose the opportunity forever.

Or perhaps they reacted to the encouraging signs from the world. The world seems to have told them: You have proven that you are innocent from terrorist acts against us, so do not miss your chance to grab power now!

The Brotherhood image’s has been shaken. Strange circumstances brought them to power in Egypt. They were the only organization with a popular base spread throughout the country. Perhaps they felt that it them made them eligible to govern Egypt alone.

When they reached power they were full of confidence. Among their members are competent people and professionals in various fields. They have engineers, doctors, financial experts, businessmen and teachers. They have traveled east and west. They felt they know how the world works. They have gained the confidence of the Western decision-makers and demonstrated their competence to confront the “Iranian nuclear threat” and the “destructive Shiite threat.” And this is where their most dangerous competency has been manifested: It did not matter how their rule might serve their people. What was important was to repel the “Iranian threat” that is creeping on Arab and Muslim countries, that Iranian threat which also happens to threaten Western interests, including Israel!

So the image that they gave themselves matches exactly with what the West and America want: They are Islamists but they are not with al-Qaeda. In fact, they are its “first enemy.” They follow an Eastern religion but have Western politics. They are not extremists or hostile to the West. Therefore, their relationship with the entity that eliminated Palestine is justified because the Israelis are “religious people.” They had to present a certificate of good behavior to the world in order to obtain their approval. But what they do on the inside is not important; what is important for them is to gain Israel’s approval.

Because they follow an Eastern religion but have Western politics, they assumed they would gain the approval of the oil and gas people in the Gulf. But they found themselves forced, once again, to brandish their Islamic identity because Iranian Islam is unacceptable, the enlightened Islam is acceptable, the Salafist Islam is unacceptable, the anti-Western and anti-Israel Islam is unacceptable, and the Arab Islam that wages jihad for liberation is also unacceptable.

The only solution for Egypt right now is for the Brotherhood to allow the revolutionary forces to participate in power, and to concede certain power centers to other forces as part of a broad national coalition that includes the main forces in society. This, however, would effectively end the Brotherhood’s reign.

The Brotherhood may react to the disturbances in the country by granting certain forces symbolic presence because those forces have neither a popular base nor a platform. Their funding comes from businessmen who used to be part of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The Brotherhood regime may choose to use those forces as window dressing. But that would be the quickest way to collapse the Brotherhood’s reign. The problem is that this collapse may take Egypt down with it.
Things do not look good. The glorious revolutionaries are standing behind a sultan who does not know how to govern, even though it is not even his right to govern. So the revolutionaries may decide to bring him down, but that can only be done at a very high cost.

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Mursi Warns of Imminent Response to Opponents

March 25, 2013
 

Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi has warned his opponents saying he may take imminent unspecified measures to “protect this nation.”

Mursi made the remarks during a speech on Sunday at the opening session of a conference named the Initiative to support the Rights and Freedoms of the Egyptian Women in Cairo.

“If I have to do what is necessary to protect this nation I will, and I am afraid that I may be close to doing so,” the Egyptian president said, adding, “I will do so very, very soon. Sooner than those trying to shake the image of this nation think… Let us not be dragged into an area where I will take a harsh decision.”

Mursi’s statement came days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood movement and opposition protesters fought street battles, in which nearly 200 people were injured.

Clashes broke out on Friday after anti-government demonstrators ransacked three Brotherhood offices in capital Cairo, in the second-largest city of Alexandria, and in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla. Police used tear gas and water cannon to turn back thousands of people from the Brotherhood’s offices.
 

Source: Websites
25-03-2013 – 09:33 Last updated 25-03-2013 – 09:33

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“I am hoping BRICS would one day become E-BRICS where E stands for Egypt."

March 20, 2013

Via FLC 

“…Sitting in his imposing presidential office in Cairo’s upscale Heliopolis district, Mr. Morsy expressed Egypt’s deep interest in joining the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) combine and turning the grouping into E-BRICS. “I am hoping BRICS would one day become E-BRICS where E stands for Egypt. I hope E-BRICS would emerge when we start moving the economy.” He lauded the proposal for the establishment of a BRICS bank that would “support countries to achieve high growth rates and supplement the role of the IMF, World Bank and similar institutions.” …”

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Egypt Court Begins Hearings on Mursi’s Appeal against Poll Cancellation

March 18, 2013

Local Editor

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court began hearings Sunday on an appeal lodged on behalf of Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi against a lower court’s cancellation of a controversial parliamentary election he had called for April.

President Mohammad MursiThe Egyptian State Lawsuit Authority lodged the appeal against the March 6 court order on Wednesday, arguing that Mursi had acted within his sovereign powers when he called the election.
The lower court had ruled the president’s decree invalid because he had ratified a new electoral law for the vote without sending it to the top court, as required by the constitution.

A judicial body which advises the Supreme Court has recommended that it uphold the lower court’s decision.

The appeal came despite earlier statements from both Mursi and the Muslim
Brotherhood insisting they would not challenge the ruling.

Egypt’s main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, had already announced it would boycott the election, expressing doubts over its transparency and demanding a new electoral law.

Source: AFP
17-03-2013 – 15:06 Last updated 17-03-2013 – 15:07

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One Dead, 20 Injured in Egypt Clashes over Diesel Fuel

March 15, 2013

Local Editor

At least one person died from a shot to the head, while 17 residents and three policemen were injured in clashes between two Daqahlia families over diesel fuel on Wednesday.
The family feud began with an altercation between a driver and another over who was first in line for diesel fuel at a Nabrawa City gas station.

Egypt fuel stationThe argument escalated into a fight with bladed weapons, which later became a major feud between both drivers’ families that involved firearms.

Abdallah Abdel Hamid al-Manzalawy, 35, was shot in the head and transferred to hospital in serious condition. He later died of his injuries, which pushed the infighting to a new extreme.

Three houses were also set ablaze.
The police, with help from the Central Security Forces, used tear gas to disperse crowds and put out the fire that had spread to two other homes.

Central Security Forces and armored vehicles were deployed in the city to restore calm.

The Public Prosecution is investigating the incident by gathering testimonies from those hospitalized and ordering an autopsy on the man killed.

Source: Websites
14-03-2013 – 19:06 Last updated 14-03-2013 – 19:18

Egypt Court Adjourns State Security Trial to 16 April

Local Editor

Egypt CourtThe South Giza Criminal Court of Egypt adjourned the trial of dozens of senior intelligence officers accused of ordering the destruction of important documents to 16 April.
The court made the ruling Thursday after Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was unable to testify a second time citing the deteriorating security situation.

Prosecutors claim Major General Hassan Abdel Rahman and 40 other members of the now defunct State Security Investigation Services bureau destroyed numerous SSIS documents before the body was shut down after the January 25 uprising.

As public employees, the prosecution claims the defendants sought to sabotage national security through their actions.

Source: Websites
14-03-2013 – 19:16 Last updated 14-03-2013 – 19:16

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Angry Fans Storm Headquarters after Death Sentences over Port Said Riot

March 9, 2013
 
Local Editor
 
Headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association were set ablaze on Saturday, minutes after the police officers’ club complex in Cairo was stormed and set on fire.

Both accidents took place shortly after the Egyptian court confirmed death sentences for 21 defendants over Port Said’s deadly football riot which killed 74 people in 2012, mostly fans of the visiting Cairo Al-Ahly club.

The court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, also handed down life sentences to five defendants, with 19 receiving lesser jail terms and another 28 exonerated.

Ahly fans had warned police that they would retaliate if the defendants, including nine policemen, were exonerated.
Football court riotThe court sentenced senior policemen to 15 years each — former head of police security General Mohammed Samak and Brigadier General Mohammed Saad, who at the time of the stadium riot had the keys to the stadium gates, which were locked.

Seven remaining police defendants were acquitted.

On Saturday, several buildings in the police officers’ club complex in the Egyptian capital were in flames after hardcore football fans known as the Ultras stormed the complex and set fire to the buildings, AFP reported.

The Egyptian state television said that “several hundred members of the Ultras were also making their way towards the Interior Ministry.”

Only minutes later, the headquarters of the Egyptian Football Association were set ablaze.
Firefighters were working to put out the fire which spread through the building located in the same neighborhood as the officers’ club, an AFP reporter said.

Football officials were holding emergency talks in Cairo to discuss upcoming fixtures around the country, state television reported.

Source: AFP
09-03-2013 – 11:40 Last updated 09-03-2013 – 14:34

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Egypt Court Suspends Next Month Election as Clashes Renew at Egypt’s Nile Corniche, Security Official Sacked

March 7, 2013
Local Editor

An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in April, opening a legal battle likely to delay the vote and deepening the political that has polarized the nation for months.
 

The new confusion surrounding the election underlined the paralysis gripping Egypt, between political deadlock, infighting among state institutions, a faltering economy and a wave of protests, strikes and clashes against President Mohammad Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood that has spiraled for months around the country.

In the Suez Canal city of Port Said, the scene of heavy clashes between protesters and police that have left six dead since Sunday, the violence entered a fourth day, dragging in the military. Protesters hurled stones at police firing tear gas, as army troops struggled to keep the two sides apart.

Mursi’s supporters and some in the public exhausted by the turmoil viewed the parliamentary elections as a step toward bringing some stability.
They further accused the opposition of stirring up unrest to derail the voting. But the opposition had called a boycott of the vote, saying Mursi must first find some political consensus and ease the wave of popular anger.

The new court ruling is unlikely to defuse the tension, bringing the dispute into the judiciary, which has repeatedly been used by the various sides in Egypt’s political battles…..
Source: News agencies, Edited by moqawama.org


 

Clashes Renew at Egypt’s Nile Corniche, Security Official Sacked

Local Editor

Egypt: Nile Corniche clashesClashes between protesters and police in Egypt renewed on the Nile Corniche south of Tahrir Square in Cairo Wednesday, as traffic stopped while the two sides hurled stones at each other.

Traffic police redirected traffic, causing slowdowns on Qasr al-Aini and other streets nearby.

Traffic on the 6th October Bridge was flowing normally at the morning following clashes erupted on Tuesday and continued until dawn.

A number of protesters had also set some trees in front of the Arab League headquarters alight before firefighters put the fire out.

On the other hand, the head of security in Port Said was sacked on Wednesday as violence continued to rage in the Egyptian canal city.

Mohsen Radi was relieved of his duties and transferred to the prison services department in Cairo “in response to demands by residents and to help calm the situation,” one of the officials told media outlets.

Egypt is witnessing fresh clashes since Sunday fuelled by January death sentences handed down to football fans over deadly rioting.

 
 
 

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